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Season 1


Episode 101: Daniel’s Birthday/ Daniel’s Picnic

Daniel’s Birthday
Today is Daniel Tiger’s birthday! Daniel is very excited to go to Baker Aker’s bakery to help his Mom pick out a cake for his party, and so proud that his mom lets him carry the cake himself. But when they arrive back home after a bumpy ride on Trolley, he discovers that his birthday cake is smooshed! What a disappointment. His father helps him see that there are good things even in a smooshed cake – it’s yummy.

Daniel’s Picnic
Daniel Tiger and his friends Prince Wednesday and Miss Elaina are having a picnic at the park near the clock factory. When it starts to rain, their picnic is ruined, leaving them very disappointed. Dad Tiger helps them turn their disappointment around with an inside picnic instead – inside the clock factory where the friends find something else good when they get to hear “chime time” together.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children deal with disappointment. The strategy song of this episode is: When something seems bad, turn it around and find something good!

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“Working through disappointment can be a healthy experience for both parents and children. Even if it were possible to give someone everything he or she asks for, we would be depriving that person of many ways of growing…many ways of understanding oneself and loved ones.”
-Fred Rogers

Read more on Disappointment: Birthdays & Holidays.


Episode 102: Daniel Visits School/ Daniel Visits the Doctor

Daniel Visits School
Daniel is visiting school for the first time and is a little nervous because he doesn’t know what it will be like there. He packs his backpack with his favorite playthings from home – a lot of things! Teacher Harriet shows him around his classroom, and Daniel is surprised to find so many familiar things there. He learns that asking questions is one way to learn about something that’s new – and to feel more comfortable there.

Daniel Visits the Doctor
Daniel goes to the doctor for his regular check up. Before his visit, he’s feeling a little uneasy – about one stripe scared, even if he knows he will not need to get a shot. Daniel and Mom Tiger talk, draw and play about some of the things that Dr. Anna will use – a stethoscope, an otoscope, a scale and more. With Tigey and his homemade doctor book in hand, Daniel learns that it also helps to talk with Dr. Anna about what will happen.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children deal with new experiences
The strategy song of this episode is: When we do something new, let’s talk about what we’ll do.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“There are two ways that we can be helpful to children when they face something new and difficult. The first is to let them know what to expect. When children know ahead of time what’s going to happen — and not happen — they can prepare themselves for what’s coming. They can think about it and get used to their feelings about it. The second way we can be helpful is by encouraging children to play about these events — both before and afterwards. Playing can give children a sense of control over scary feelings.”
-Fred Rogers

Read more on Going to the Doctor.


Episode 103: Daniel’s Babysitter/ Daniel Goes to School

Daniel’s Babysitter
Mom and Dad Tiger are going out for the evening, and Prince Tuesday comes to be Daniel’s babysitter. As Daniel gets ready for bed, he misses his Mom and Dad. But Prince Tuesday reminds him that his parents will be back soon. When Tigey goes missing right before bedtime, Daniel learns what a grr-ific babysitter Prince Tuesday is. And his trust continues to build when he sees that his parents do come back, just as they promised.

Daniel Goes to School
Daniel joins his friends Prince Wednesday, Katerina Kittycat, O the Owl and Miss Elaina at school, but doesn’t want his Dad to leave, until Dad Tiger reminds him that ‘grownups come back.’ Miss Elaina is missing her mom and has lost her special locket with her mom’s picture in it. The children help Miss Elaina find her locket. Before long the school day is over and, just as promised, the grownups come back to take their children home.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children deal with separation.
The strategy song of this episode is: Grownups come back (.. they do. Grownups come back to you.)

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“Children grow in their ability to handle separations when we let them know that it’s okay to feel sad and angry at first…and that little by little, they’ll feel better and find different things to enjoy… It is only when children learn, day by day that their parents come for them when they say they will, that they learn to trust that times of separation will be followed by times of being together again.”
-Fred Rogers

Read more on Adjusting to Preschool.


Episode 104: Daniel Gets Mad/ Katerina Gets Mad

Daniel Gets Mad
Daniel Tiger and his friend Prince Wednesday are very excited to play at the beach today. But then it rains, and Mom Tiger says they cannot play outside, making them very mad. Mom Tiger helps the boys with their mad feelings and find ways to calm down and think. They take a deep breath, count to 4, and that helps them make a grr-ific new plan — to make an inside beach instead!

Katerina Gets Mad
Daniel and his friends are excited to be able to try the new instruments at Music Man Stan’s Music Shop. But Katerina Kittycat really wants to play the triangle. She gets very,very mad when someone else picks the instrument she wants to play. Music Man Stan helps Katerina find ways to deal with her mad feelings – like taking a deep breath, counting to 4 – and then dancing and stomping and singing.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children deal with their mad feelings.
The strategy song of this episode is: When you feel so mad that you want to ROAR,
Take a deep breath and count to four. 1…2…3…4…

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“Human beings are not born with self-control. We have to learn what to do with the mad that we feel. Learning to control ourselves is a long, hard process. It happens little by little. In fact, it is something we work on all through our lives.”
-Fred Rogers

Read more on Angry Feelings.


Episode 105: Prince Wednesday Finds a Way to Play/ Finding a Way to Play on Backwards Day

Prince Wednesday Finds a Way to Play
Friends Daniel and Katerina Kittycat are playing “house” today at school. Prince Wednesday wants to play too, but he wants to be a loud dinosaur. Katerina tells him that loud dinosaurs are not allowed! He’ll wake the baby! The friends work on finding a way to play together, and Prince Wednesday joins in by pretending to be a quiet, friendly dinosaur.

Finding a Way to Play on Backwards Day
Friends Daniel and O the Owl are at Miss Elaina’s house in the Museum-Go-Round today. She’s very excited because she has planned a special “backwards day.” But O isn’t excited about this backward play – in fact he’s quite uncomfortable about so many backward things. With the help of Miss Elaina’s father, Music Man Stan, the friends find a way to play together.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children learn about cooperation.
The strategy song for this episode is: Find a way to play together!

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“Learning about friendship begins at an early age when children ‘graduate’ from playing side by side to playing with each other. There is much to learn about sharing toys and sharing ideas, and that kind of learning happens over a long period of time. It takes a long while (years, in fact) for young children to begin to see things from someone else’s point of view.”
-Fred Rogers

Read more on Making Friends.


Episode 106: Daniel and Miss Elaina Play Rocketship/ Daniel Plays at the Castle

Daniel and Miss Elaina Play Rocketship
Daniel has come to play with Miss Elaina today! They decide to play “outer space,” but Miss Elaina gets upset when her cardboard telescope and spaceship accidentally break. Her mother, Lady Elaine, helps the friends see that they can still have fun together, even without the toys – just because they’re friends! They use their imaginations to keep playing, which is just as much fun!

Daniel Plays at the Castle
Daniel is visiting Prince Wednesday at the Castle and Daniel is excited about all the things Prince Wednesday has in his room – especially his rock collection. But the rocks aren’t for playing – they’re just for looking. Daniel and Prince Wednesday learn that friendship is about more than just playing with each other’s toys – it’s about being together!

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children learn about friendship.
The strategy song of this episode is: A friend just wants to play with you.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“It’s you I like. It’s not the things you wear. It’s not the way you do your hair.
It’s you I like. The way you are right now, way down deep inside you. Not the things that hide you. Not your toys, they’re just beside you.”
-Fred Rogers

Read more on Making Friends.


Episode 107: Friends Help Each Other

107A – Friends Help Each Other
Daniel is visiting his friend Katerina Kittycat who has planned a special tea party. When Katerina accidentally knocks the tea set on the floor, she is sad and upset. But she learns that there are lots of ways that friends help each other, and putting everything back is just one of those ways. 

107B – Daniel Helps O Tell a Story
Daniel is visiting at O the Owl’s house and Daniel is excited to see how many books O has.  The boys choose a special book to read – a book about dinosaurs. But they discover that the last page of the story is missing!  O gets very flustered, but his friend Daniel helps him use his imagination, and together they have lots of pretend fun making up their own end to the story.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children learn about friendship.
The strategy song of this episode is: Friends help each other, yes they do.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
Maybe you have some fond memories of your childhood friendships, but you might also remember times when you felt like an outsider and longed for friends. Through our lives most of us have had a variety of social experiences. If we can remember the different kinds of friendships that we’ve had through the years, we can better understand that our children probably will, too.

Read More On: Making Friends


Episode 108: Something Special for Dad/ I Love You, Mom

Something Special for Dad
When Dad receives a letter from Grandpere, Daniel sees how happy Dad is.  Daniel really loves Dad, so he decides to send him a letter too.  Then he goes to the Post Office with Mom, where he learns how letters are sorted and mailed.  He even joins Mr. McFeely on his “speedy delivery” to give Dad his very special letter!

I Love You, Mom
Daniel wants to surprise Mom Tiger with her favorite banana bread because he knows how much she likes it – and “making something is one way to say I love you.”  He and Dad go to Baker Aker’s Bakery, where they learn about the bread-making process.  They return home to surprise Mom and she happily shares the banana bread gift with them too!

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children know that one way to express their love is by making something for someone.
The strategy song of this episode is: Making something is one way to say “I love you.”

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
For some children, being a generous giver and a gracious receiver are natural. But other children may need more time and more help from us … When we show children we care about their feelings and that we enjoy giving and receiving, we help them understand how much we receive when we give and how much we give when we receive.
- Fred Rogers

Read more on Giving and Receiving.


Episode 109: A Trip to the Enchanted Garden/ A Trip to the Crayon Factory

A Trip to the Enchanted Garden
The Tiger family is making strawberry pancakes for breakfast this morning, but they are out of strawberries.  Mom, Dad and Daniel all head to the Enchanted Garden so they can pick their own strawberries.  Daniel is very curious, and learns that if he looks closely, he may be able to learn something new as he answers his own questions about how strawberries grow.

A Trip to the Crayon Factory
Daniel Tiger, Miss Elaina, and Katerina Kittycat take a trip to the factory to see how people make crayons. Their friend O the Owl has to stay home because he’s not feeling well.  At the factory, the children watch the crayons being made.  Daniel looks and listens closely because that’s one way to learn.  Daniel has an idea to take pictures at the factory and give them to O at the end of the day, so that O can learn about crayons too! 

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to encourage children’s curiosity.
The strategy song for this episode is: Look closely to find out!

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
Children’s curiosity always needs to be encouraged and supported.  More important than what we say is letting our children know that we welcome their asking us about anything they don’t understand.  – Fred Rogers

Read more on Curiosity.


Episode 110: Daniel Shares his Tigertastic Car/ Katerina Shares her Tutu

Daniel Shares his Tigertastic Car
Daniel and his friends are playing together in the park.  Daniel has a new toy car and isn’t ready to share it with the others.  But with his Dad’s help, Daniel learns that sharing means someone else gets to take a turn, and then he’ll get it back.

Katerina Shares her Tutu
Daniel is playing at Katerina’s house and the friends decide to perform a Jungle Dance show.  Daniel wants to be a lion, and Katerina wants to be a dancing flower, but they both need the same tutu for their costume.  With Henrietta’s help they find a way to share the tutu and perform a grr-ific Jungle Dance show!

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode to help children learn about sharing.
The strategy song for this episode is: You can take a turn, and then I’ll get it back.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
Sharing isn’t easy for children, and learning to share is a long process. It can be hard for children to understand what’s mine, yours, and ours. Sharing grows little by little, as children develop the ability to see things from another person’s point of view and to trust that what they share will be given back. - Fred Rogers

Read More on Sharing.


Episode 111: Prince Wednesday Goes to the Potty/ Daniel Goes to the Potty

Prince Wednesday Goes to the Potty
Prince Wednesday is in the block corner at school building the “tallest tower in the world!”  Even though he needs to go to the bathroom, he doesn’t want to stop what he is doing.  Teacher Harriet helps him learn how important it is to stop and go right away.

Daniel Goes to the Potty
Dad Tiger’s trumpet is broken, so he takes Daniel along to Music Man Stan’s Shop to get it fixed. While at the shop, Daniel needs to go to the bathroom, but thinks he will have to wait until they get home.  Music Man Stan explains that everyone goes to the bathroom, and Daniel learns that he can use the bathroom there – or anywhere else in the neighborhood.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children learn about bathroom routines.
The strategy song of this episode is: When you have to go potty, STOP… and go right away.  Flush, wash…and be on your way!

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
Even though toilet accidents are frustrating, children manage better when their parents are patient and remind them of their successes rather than making them feel bad when they’ve wet or soiled their pants. Children really do want to please their parents, and they like the feeling of “growing up.” – Fred Rogers

 Read More on Toilet Accidents

 


Episode 112 – Fruit Picking Day/ Daniel is Big Enough to Help Dad

Fruit Picking Day
Daniel and his friends are enjoying a Fruit Festival in the Enchanted Garden. Prince Wednesday is upset because his big brother Prince Tuesday can pick the highest fruit off the tree branches, but he can’t. He wishes he wasn’t so little! Then, when the festival-goers spot a very special magical golden pear on the ground, Prince Wednesday is the only one little enough to reach it.

Daniel is Big Enough to Help Dad
Dad Tiger is building a playhouse, and Daniel wants to help. Daniel is frustrated that he is not big enough to use the grown up tools. Dad Tiger shows Daniel that there are things he can do to help that he’s just the right size for.

Learning Goals The learning goal of this episode to help children know that even though they are small, there are many things they can do. The strategy song for this episode is: Everyone is big enough to do something.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
As children become more and more aware of themselves and their world, they become aware of how small they are, compared to people who take care of them. We adults can help young children feel good about who they are when we show that we value what they can do … and that we don’t expect them to be more grownup than they are ready to be. – Fred Rogers

Read More on Valuing Little and Big.

 


Episode 113: Daniel Waits for Show and Tell/ A Night Out at a Restaurant

Daniel Waits for Show and Tell
Daniel is so excited to share a book he made with his class at “show and tell,” but he’s finding it very difficult to wait. He finds that doing something, like singing on Trolley, playing during science time and imagining make the waiting much easier!

A Night Out at the Restaurant
Daniel and his family are going out to dinner, and Katerina is coming too. Daniel and Katerina have a hard time waiting at the restaurant, but soon learn ways to make the waiting time easier…and even fun!

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children find ways to manage when they have to wait.
The strategy song of this episode is: When you wait, you can play, sing or imagine anything!

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“Growing on the inside” are the words I use when I talk with children about such things as learning to wait, learning to keep on trying, being able to talk about their feelings, and to express those feelings in constructive ways. These signs of growth need at least as much notice and applause as the outward kind, and children need to feel proud of them—even more proud than they may feel when that line on the doorjamb goes up another inch.” - Fred Rogers

 Read more on Taking Turns. 


Episode 114: Thank You Grandpere Tiger!/ Neighborhood Thank You Day

Thank You Grandpere Tiger!
Grandpere Tiger comes to visit, but Daniel is sad that Grandpere can’t stay for the special “Thank You Day” celebration later that day. Daniel learns to be thankful for the time they DO have together, and is then surprised when Grandpere appears at the celebration after all!

Neighborhood Thank You Day
It’s Thank You Day in the Neighborhood– a special celebration when each of the neighbors puts a note in the “Thank You Tree” as a way to say thank you to one another. Daniel has trouble deciding who of his neighbors he wants to thank with his note. The episode ends with a Thank You Day feast with all the neighbors celebrating together.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children develop an attitude of gratitude.
The strategy song of this episode is:  Thank you for everything you do.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
Thank you – those are the most important words in any language. – Fred Rogers

Read More on: Giving and Receiving


Episode 115: The Neighborhood Votes/ The Class Votes

The Neighborhood Votes
The Tiger family is going to Clock Factory Park today to hear a big announcement from King Friday. Daniel has to make several choices throughout the day, culminating in one BIG group decision: King Friday announces that the children can choose one new piece of playground equipment by voting for the one they want.

The Class Votes
At school Daniel and his classmates get to choose their new class pet. Teacher Harriet explains that they can either get a bunny or a turtle. The children learn what it means to ‘vote’ and that sometimes it doesn’t always turn out your way.  Each of the children find something to love about their new pet, ‘Snowball’!

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children understand what it means to vote.
The strategy song of this episode is: Stop, Think and Choose.   

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
…Choice-making can be particularly hard for very young children when there are too many alternatives to choose from, or when making a choice may result in disapproval or anger from the grown-ups they love. Asking a child, “What do you want to wear today?” is so open-ended a question that it may invite a child to make a choice that is clearly inappropriate and has to be overruled. Instead, it may be more helpful to offer limited choices such as, “Would you like to wear your red sweater or your blue one, your brown pants or your green ones?” That way, a child is presented with realistic alternatives where there is no question of “right” or “wrong.” - Fred Rogers

Read More on: Making Choices


Episode 116: Be a Vegetable Taster!/ Daniel Tries a New Food

Be a Vegetable Taster!
Teacher Harriet introduces Daniel and his friends to the school’s vegetable garden and asks them to help her pick out some healthy vegetables for their snack. They explore the garden, picking and trying different vegetables…but not everyone is eager to taste the new foods.

Daniel Tries a New Food
Miss Elaina is having dinner with the Tiger family and she encourages Daniel to try some new food: Vegetable Spaghetti and Banana Swirl. Daniel is convinced he won’t like Veggie Spaghetti, even though he’s never tried it before. Miss Elaina encourages him to be adventurous and try the new food. She does the same herself, and even though she doesn’t like all of it, she’s proud of herself for trying.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to encourage children to try new foods.
The strategy song of this episode is: Try a new food, it might taste good!

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“Mealtimes mean different things to different families. But one thing is sure — food is important to everybody. As a parent, you want to give your children healthy foods. That’s one way you let them know you care about them. Most parents spend a lot of time thinking about what foods to buy and what meals to make. It’s only natural for you to want your children to like the food you make for them.” - Fred Rogers

Read more on Mealtime


Episode 117: Good Morning Daniel/ Goodnight Daniel

Good Morning Daniel
It’s a typical morning in the Tiger household, and Daniel has to get up and get ready for school, but his playing and imagining distract him from his routine. Daniel learns that his morning routine helps him be ready in time for Trolley to take him to school.

Goodnight Daniel
Tonight, Daniel is pretending to be Super Daniel! But after dinner, he has to follow his nighttime routine even though he would rather play. Young viewers follow Daniel as he gets ready for bed and learns that even superheroes get sleepy and go to bed, too.

Learning Goals
The learning goals for these episodes are to help children with daily routines – morning and bedtime.

The strategy songs for these episodes are:

 Clothes on, eat breakfast, brush teeth, put on shoes and off to school!
Bedtime! Bath, brush teeth, pjs, story and a song!

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
Children feel far more comfortable and secure when things happen predictably—with routines, rituals and traditions. Those traditions, big or small, create anchors of stability, especially in rough seas. – Fred Rogers

Read more on Bedtime Routines


Episode 118: Daniel Plays Ball/ O Builds a Tower

Daniel Plays Ball
Daniel, Miss Elaina and Prince Wednesday are at the park with Prince Tuesday. They decide to play a game with a ball. Daniel struggles to catch the ball and gets very frustrated. All of his friends remind him that if he keeps on trying, he’ll get better. 

O Builds a Tower
In the block corner at school, O the Owl is determined to use all of the blocks to build the tallest tower in the world. When the blocks keep falling O feels ready to give up, but Teacher Harriet and his friends encourage him to keep trying.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to encourage children to keep trying.

The strategy song is: Keep trying, you’ll get better! 

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
Above all, I think that the willingness and the courage to keep on trying develops best if there is someone we love close by who can lend us some of the strength we do not yet have within ourselves. I don’t mean someone who will do a task for us, but rather someone who will share our times of trying just by being around and being supportive, someone who can sustain the belief that we can succeed even when we doubt it ourselves. We all need quiet, caring cheerleaders like that—grownups as well as children.   – Fred Rogers

Read more on Persistence.


Episode 119: Daniel Gets a Shot/ A Stormy Night

Daniel Gets a Shot
Daniel has an appointment at the doctor today and he has to get a shot. He is very apprehensive and does not want to go. So Daniel asks Mom Tiger questions about the shot, and she shares her trick for staying brave in scary situations. And Daniel finds that the shot was not so bad after all!

A Stormy Night
Daniel and O the Owl are having fun playing outside in the rain until a thunderstorm builds up and worries them. When Mom Tiger teaches them to think of something happy, O and Daniel learn that the thunderstorm is not so scary after all!

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children better manage their fears by feeling brave and strong.

The strategy song of this episode is: Close your eyes and think of something happy.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
There are many times in life when we can’t solve our children’s problems or get rid of their fears. Perhaps all we can do is to provide a safe, loving place and a willingness to listen while children work through whatever is bothering them.
Fred Rogers

Read more on Children and their Fears.


Episode 120: Daniel’s Sleepover/ Backyard Camping

Daniel’s Sleepover
Daniel goes to his friend Prince Wednesday’s for a sleepover. They brush and wash and get ready for bed, but as they get ready to go to sleep they notice some things that could be just a little bit scary.  Once they investigate further, they learn the things they are seeing actually aren’t scary at all!

Backyard Camping
Daniel and O the Owl are camping in the backyard with Dad Tiger. This is O’s first time sleeping in a tent and he is feeling a little unsure.  Once he examines this new setting closely, he learns that it’s not so scary! In fact, different can be fun!

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children with nighttime fears.

Strategy SongSee what it is, you might feel better.

Fred Rogers’ Timeless Wisdom
 The preschool years are years of intense feelings, but most children aren’t yet able to use words well enough to express those feelings.  Many things can be scary to them — things that are real and imaginary – and, like all of us, they carry their own “inner dramas” which color everything they see and do.  So it’s natural that not all children develop the same fears, and that some children are more fearful than others. –  Fred Rogers

Read more on Children and Their Fears


Episode 121: You Are Special/ Daniel is Special

You are Special
The children are putting on a show at school today, each doing something that makes them special. O the Owl wants to be just like the others but, with a little encouragement, he learns that there are things that make him special, too.

Daniel is Special
Daniel and Dad take a walk through the neighborhood, admiring the colors of the leaves. On their way, they meet Miss Elaina and O the Owl who each do special things that make Daniel wonder if he is as special as they are.  Dad reminds Daniel of the things that make him special, like his whimsical imagination!

Learning Goal
The learning goal of this episode is to help children appreciate their uniqueness – and the uniqueness of others.

Strategy Song:
I like you just the way you are.

 Timeless Wisdom from Fred Rogers
We’re all so much alike…and yet we’re all so different! A child’s sense of identity grows slowly and for several years isn’t likely to be very secure. As children grow, they need opportunities to express their uniqueness, whether in choosing the clothes they want to wear or in developing their unique art projects. There are always times when children need to do what everyone else is doing, but there are also many times when we can support children’s self-esteem by helping them carry out their own ideas. –  Fred Rogers

Read more on  How You are Special

Activity
Make Your Own Self Portrait


Episode 122: Neighborhood Clean Up/ Clean Up Time

Neighborhood Clean Up
A wind storm has made a mess of the Neighborhood playground and no one can play.  When King Friday proclaims that it is Clean Up Day, everyone helps by throwing away  and recycling the trash. The children learn that they can all work together.

Clean Up Time
Daniel and O the Owl are playing “farm” at Daniel’s house. They are having a lot of fun, but are making quite a mess! After losing his watch in a messy room, Daniel realizes that cleaning up and putting his toys away will help him find it.

Learning Goal
The learning goal of this episode is to help children know that cleaning up is everyone’s responsibility.

Strategy Song: 
Clean up, pick up, put away, clean up every day! 

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
That chores have to be done before play; that patient persistence is often the only road to mastery; that anger can be expressed through words and non‑destructive activities; that promises are intended to be kept; that cleanliness and good eating habits are aspects of self‑esteem; that compassion is an attribute to be prized ‑ all these lessons are ones children can learn far more readily through the living example of their parents than they ever can through instruction. – Fred Rogers

Read more on How to Engage Children in Clean-up.


Episode 123: The Dragon Dance/ Teacher Harriet’s Birthday

The Dragon Dance
In school the children are all helping Teacher Harriet with a big art project: creating a dancing dragon! Everyone is eager to finish so the dragon can dance, but they learn that they need to work together so the big project can be finished.

Teacher Harriet’s Birthday
It is Teacher Harriet’s birthday and the children want to surprise her.  Mom Tiger helps them decorate the classroom with streamers and the children learn that they need to work together to make a special birthday present surprise.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children learn about cooperation.

The strategy song of this episode is: Work together! If you can’t do it alone, work together!

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“The ability to play with other children is an important achievement of early childhood. Friendships become ‘give and take,’ filled with ups and downs, as children learn to compromise, cooperate, and work through differences in feelings and styles” – Fred Rogers

Read more on Persistence.

 


Episode 124: Super Daniel! / Play Pretend

Super Daniel!
Daniel and Grandpere are at home pretending to be superheroes when Daniel notices that Dad has forgotten to take his lunch to work with him.  He and Grandpere take Dad’s lunchbox to the Clock Factory and Daniel uses his imagination to have super adventures along the way.

Play Pretend
Teacher Harriet shows the children a big cardboard box and asks them what they think it could be. Daniel and Miss Elaina have fun pretending the box is a space ship and a jungle boat, but O the Owl just sees a big cardboard box. With a little help from his friends, O discovers how much fun it is to pretend!

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children know that it can be lots of fun to pretend.

The strategy song of this episode is: When you pretend, you can do anything!

 Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“When children pretend, they aren’t limited to the way things are in the real world. They’re using their imagination to move beyond the bounds of reality. A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet. A small child can be a superhero, a crying baby, a mean dragon, or a scary lion-whatever he or she wants to be.” –  Fred Rogers

 Read more on Encouraging Pretend Play.


Episode 125: Daniel Uses his Words/ All Aboard!

Daniel Uses his Words
Daniel is having lots of fun playing “farm”, until, as Mom Tiger is cleaning up, she accidentally ruins Daniel’s game. Grrr! Mom helps Daniel use his words to tell her how he is feeling so she can understand why he is upset.

All Aboard!
Daniel and his friends are playing “train” at school, but things aren’t going Katerina’s way. Meow! Katerina learns that others will not be able to help her if they don’t understand why she is upset.  She finds a way to use her words and her friends find ways to help so that they can all play together!

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children use words to express what they are feeling.

The strategy song of this episode is: Use your words.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.” –  Fred Rogers

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Episode 126: Daniel Says I’m Sorry/ The Royal Sandbox

Daniel Says I’m Sorry
Daniel, Katerina and Miss Elaina are playing cars at school, until Miss Elaina accidentally upsets Daniel. Teacher Harriet helps the children learn how to apologize to a friend. Later, when Daniel accidentally upsets Katerina, he knows just what he needs to do.

The Royal Sandbox
Daniel and Prince Wednesday are making sand pies in the sandbox. They decide to top off a sand pie with Prince Tuesday’s royal crown, but they soon see that this wasn’t such a good idea. They learn how to apologize to Prince Tuesday and make the situation better – by helping clean the crown and promising to ask first next time. 

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children better understand what being sorry means.

The strategy song of this episode is: Saying I’m sorry is the first step. Then, how can I help?

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“What really matters is what we do after the mistake, and how we try to make things right again. Sometimes that means cleaning up the spilled milk or saying “I’m sorry” to a friend. Other times, it may just mean trying again, being more careful or simply learning what went wrong so we can change it the next time.” –  Fred Rogers

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Episode 127: Calm at the Clock Factory/Calm Before Story Time

Calm at the Clock Factory Daniel and his friends are visiting Dad Tiger’s Clock Factory. Daniel’s excitement to show off his dad and the tigertastic clocks is making him a bit silly. He learns that there are places to be calm and places where it’s OK to be silly!

Calm Before Story Time  The kids are going to the Neighborhood Library for story time! All the excitement has made them feel a bit silly. Prince Wednesday has a hard time getting calm for the library, but learns that there are places to be calm and places where it’s more than OK to be silly!

Learning Goals

The learning goal of this episode is to help children learn to calm themselves down.

The strategy song of this episode is: Give a squeeze nice and slow, take a deep breath and let it go.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom

“Young children may not notice when they are being too noisy for other people because they have a hard time seeing things from someone else’s point of view. One of the things we can do is to help children find acceptable ways to be noisy  … and to help them see that they can begin to control noise levels and themselves in small ways.” – Fred Rogers 

Read more on Noisy Times and Quiet Times.

 


Episode 128: Katerina’s Costume/Dress Up Day

Katerina’s Costume:
Daniel and Katerina are at Miss Elaina’s Museum-Go-Round to make their costumes for Dress Up Day. While Daniel and Miss Elaina know exactly what they want to be, Katerina is having a harder time deciding on just the right costume. Eventually she comes up with a very clever idea!

Dress Up Day:
It’s Dress Up Day in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe and it’s time for the annual main street parade! The children visit all the stores, showing off their fancy costumes and receiving different stickers from their neighbors.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to encourage pretend play and help children see that dressing up can make play even more fun.

Strategy song of this episode is: Dress up any way you choose. Find a way that’s right for you! 

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“When children pretend, they aren’t limited to the way things are in the real world. A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet. Children’s play depends on what they’re thinking about or dealing with at that moment.  They might play to figure out what the world is like, or work through some of their feelings and concerns.  Or they may want to play just for fun. Through play, children discover the world and learn more about themselves.”  - Fred Rogers 

Read more on Dress Up Play.

 


Episode 129: It’s Time to Go/ Daniel Doesn’t Want to Stop Playing

It’s Time to Go: Daniel, O the Owl and Katerina are playing “library” at the Treehouse. When it’s time for them to go home, Katerina and Daniel don’t want to stop playing because they are having so much fun! They learn that choosing one more thing to do before they leave makes their transition a little easier.

Daniel Doesn’t Want to Stop Playing: Daniel is playing “Trolley” with Mom and Dad in the living room. When Mom tells him that it’s time to work on his school project, Daniel doesn’t want to stop playing. Mom helps Daniel by allowing him to pick one more thing to do with his toy Trolley. After Daniel makes one last stop, he’s ready to work on his school project.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children learn to stop what they are doing and prepare for what’s coming next.

The strategy song of this episode is: Part 1: It’s almost time to stop, so choose one more thing to do. Part 2: That was fun, but now it’s done, it’s time to…(add words stating whatever it is you want your child to do next).

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“We all want things we can’t have from time to time, but for children, it can be especially frustrating to have those feelings. They haven’t yet learned how to manage their frustration or anger when they can’t have what they want or when they can’t do what they want to do. Children need the help of caring adults who will help them learn how to stop themselves by setting clear limits for acceptable behavior while allowing children ways to express their feelings by talking or playing about them.”   - Fred Rogers

Read more on Helping Children Learn to Stop Themselves.


Episode 130: Safety Patrol/Safety at the Beach

Safety Patrol
Today at school, the kids are playing with traffic signs. Prince Tuesday comes for a special visit, wearing his crossing guard uniform. He takes the class on a walk through the neighborhood, and they practice their safety rules along the way!

Safety at the Beach
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, so Mom Tiger takes Daniel and Katerina to Jungle Beach to play. The children get a bit carried away during their treasure hunting play and drift a bit too far away from Mom Tiger. She reminds them that to stay safe near the water, they need to stop and listen!

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children pay attention to rules and learn how to keep themselves safe.  The strategy song of this episode is: Stop and listen to stay safe.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“No child is born with self-discipline. Parents need to provide them with the discipline they need until they learn to discipline themselves. Children need the help of caring adults who will help them learn how to stop themselves by setting clear limits for acceptable behavior while allowing children ways to express their feelings by talking or playing about them. Praise you child for following the rules. When you do that, you’re strengthening the foundation for self-discipline”.   - Fred Rogers

Read more on Helping Children Learn to Stop Themselves.


Episode 131: Neighbor Day

Neighbor Day
In this half-hour special Daniel learns that it feels good to be neighborly and that one kind act can lead to many. His first good deed starts a chain reaction of kindness all around the Neighborhood, resulting in the declaration of “Neighbor Day!” 

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children understand that doing something kind for others can make them feel good too.

The strategy song of this episode is: Do something nice for your neighbor, do something nice for your friend.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person.  Sometimes, all it takes is one kind word to nourish another person.  Think of the ripple effect that can be created when we nourish someone.  One kind empathetic word has a wonderful way of turning into many.”  - Fred Rogers

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Episode 132: A Snowy Day/Tutu All the Time

A Snowy Day: It’s a snowy day in the Neighborhood, and Miss Elaina is coming over to play! Mom Tiger helps Daniel change out of his pajamas into clothes that will keep him warm. When it’s time to go outside, Daniel learns how important it is to choose the appropriate clothes.

Tutu All the Time: Katerina is wearing her favorite sparkly tutu at school today! She likes to wear it all the time, even when she’s painting and playing “grizzly bear” with her friends. But she soon learns how important it is to choose the appropriate clothes for the things you want to do. 

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children think more carefully about the clothes they choose to wear.

The strategy song of this episode is: Think about what you’re going to do, then pick the clothes that are right for you. 

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
During the preschool years, children may develop very specific ideas about what they will and will not wear. Naturally, those strong preferences will not always agree with what adults want them to wear. These times can be helpful opportunities to work together on understanding the notions of “choice” and “control.” ― Fred Rogers 

Read more on Giving Children Choices.


Episode 133: Daniel’s New Friend/Same and Different

Daniel’s New Friend: Daniel and Miss Elaina are at Prince Wednesday’s castle for a royal play date, and meet his cousin Chrissie. As they play “knights,” they discover that, although Chrissie needs some help walking, they are the same in many ways. 

Same and Different: While Daniel is playing dress up with his friends at school, he feels different when he realizes that not everyone has a tail like him. He learns that everyone has differences, but that these are the things that make us unique. 

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children see and appreciate the similarities and differences among people.

The strategy song of this episode is: In some ways we are different, in so many ways we are the same.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
As different as we are from one another, as unique as each one of us is, we are much more the same that we are different.  That may be the most essential message of all, as we help our children grow toward being caring, compassionate, and charitable adults.” - Fred Rogers 

Read more on Helping Children See That Each Person Is Unique


Episode 134: Line Leader Daniel/ Neighborhood Jobs

Line Leader Daniel: Today at school, the children are getting new classroom jobs, and Daniel really wants to be ‘line leader’! When he doesn’t get the job he wanted, Daniel is disappointed. Soon he learns that all of the jobs are important to keep the classroom running smoothly. 

Neighborhood Jobs: Daniel and Mom Tiger are visiting the library today! Unfortunately, X the Owl isn’t feeling very well, so he can’t do his job. Daniel learns the importance of all the neighborhood jobs and offers to fill in as librarian for the day!

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to develop responsibility and cooperation.

The strategy song of this episode is: Everyone’s job is important, we all help in different ways.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
Children feel nourished when someone they love takes care of them by helping them. But it is just as nourishing for children to know that they can be helpful to others as well.”        — Fred Rogers

Read more on Helping with Everyday Chores.

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